AUGUST 19, 2006
Last year I was lucky enough to go to Arles, France for an extended amount of time. During my stay there, (besides drinking an enormous amount of wine) I went to a bullfight which ended up being very startling. Being naive, when I thought I was going to a bullfight, I thought it was more of a 'for show' sort of thing. It didn't sink down that they were going to kill 8 bulls that afternoon until they started in with the daggars.
This was around the same time I started sketching in pen which has been very gratifying as opposed to using pencil. It's so definite. So unchangable. It is what it is and I can't go back. It really has helped sharpen my skills a bit.
There's a series in here somewhere, just don't know what the story is yet...I've got an hours worth of bullfight video and at least 200 shots of that afternoon for reference. A few more are posted in the Arles Sketchbook section.
Topical: Things I Paint